Developed by: Dawn Publications
A beautifully illustrated exploration of ocean creatures living in a coral reef, we love this app for its inclusion of music, science, math, and art.
Prepare to use the app by introducing this activity.
Ocean talk. Ask your child about life in the ocean. What do they know about the ocean? What types of animals live in the ocean? What is a coral reef? Your child might be surprised to learn that it is an animal, too!
Help your child get the most out of an app experience by trying the following activities.
- Get moving. Encourage your child to imitate the movements and sounds of the animals they see. Can they dart like a clownfish? Stir like a stingray? Puff like a pufferfish?
- Imagine. If your child could be one of the animals in the story, which one would they be? What do they like about that particular animal?
- Add it up. When it comes time to find all the animal babies, ask your child to write down the number of each animal on a piece of paper as they find them, and help them add the numbers as they go. How many animal babies are there all together? The app reveals the final number, but it does not go through the process of addition. If your child is too young to add the numbers, ask them to count them one by one until they reach the final number.
Extend the app experience with these real life activities.
- Clay play. Give your child clay -- which can be found at most craft stores -- and kitchen utensils, so that they can design their own scenes from nature. Suggest a setting such as the forest, the desert, or even outer space. Take pictures of the different scenes they create so that your child can tell their own story when they are finished.
- Waterways and coral reefs. Visit your local library to help your child find information on the many bodies of water that exist. What is the difference between an ocean and a lake? A pond and a river? Some types of animals, such as turtles, live in multiple bodies of water. What is special about each kind of turtle that helps them live in that specific body of water? Pick a coral reef to examine in depth. The Florida Reef is the most extensive coral reef formation on the coast of the continental United States. How have humans affected the Florida Reef?
- Music and storytelling. Over in the Ocean is an adaptation of the popular children’s song, “Over in the Meadow.” Ask your child to invent new lyrics to go along with the song. What story will they tell? Can they illustrate it, too? Take a video of them singing their new song!
- Sea creatures. Assuming you cannot easily hop in an ocean to go snorkeling, visit an aquarium to see some of these magnificent creatures up close! Ask your child to look for the traits described in the app.